Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation and Calia by Carrie Underwood, a fitness and lifestyle brand created in partnership with Dick’s and the country music star, have announced plans to donate $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to girls youth sports teams across the country.
Since 2014, the foundation has pledged more than $50 million to support teams and raise awareness of the importance of youth sports across the U.S. through the initiative.
To kick off the partnership in Underwood’s hometown of Checotah, Okla., the foundation and Underwood herself surprised the town’s middle school and high school female student athletes during a summer practice to present a grant of $100,000 to the Checotah School District athletic programs.
“I am so honored to partner with the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation to give back to my high school’s girls sports teams,” said Underwood. “Being active in youth sports while growing up helped set the foundation and passion for making fitness an important part of my life today. Participating in sports also taught me important life lessons about dedication and teamwork. Through this donation, we want to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for girls to play sports in Checotah for years to come.”
The foundation will be partnering with Underwood’s local C.A.T.S. foundation (Checotah, Animal, Town and School) and Brian Terry, Checotah high school principal and athletic director, to allocate the Sports Matter grant to the girls softball, track and field, basketball, cheerleading and golf teams.